Costa Cruises will require all passengers to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding.
Before embarking, all passengers will be subject to an antigen test starting with its first departure since the shutdown on 6th September and on all of its cruise ships resuming operations going forward.
“The quick antigenic test will identify any suspicious cases that may be subjected to a PCR test for further check, thus determining the possibility of embarkation,” the cruise line said.
The cruise line announced earlier this month that two vessels would resume cruising, the ‘Costa Deliziosa’ and the ‘Costa Diadema’, in September. All of the voyages are only open to Italian nationals.
Between 6th and 27th September, ‘Costa Deliziosa’ will offer weekly cruises, departing Sundays from Trieste.
She will call at five ports in southern Italy, including Siracusa and Catania in Sicily, Corigliano-Rossano in Calabria and Bari and Brindisi in Puglia.
Meanwhile, ‘Costa Diadema’ will sail on a single itinerary from Genoa on 19th September around the western Mediterranean. Ports will include Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Cagliari, Palmero and La Spezia.
All port calls will include ‘protected shore excursions,’ according to Costa.
Costa’s newly implemented health and safety protocol, which was developed with public health experts, is in accordance with the Italian Government and the EU Healthy Gateways programme, which was unveiled in July. It is also subject to updates.
The cruise line also claimed to be the first to earn a Biosafety Trust Certification from class society RINA.
This certification examined all elements of cruising both on board and shoreside, from embarkation procedures to hospitality, to fitness centres and shore excursions. It also looked at system compliance, and procedures to prevent and control infectious diseases on board.